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to keep your children healthy this summer and prepare them to go back to school in the fall, whether in-person or online. Here you will find recommendations and policies about COVID-19, immunizations, and other information including child well visits, routine oral health, and mental health resources for your child. Use our Back to School Checklist to stay organized with what you need to do before the new school year, and check back regularly to find the most up-to-date resources.

Protecting your child from COVID-19

COVID-19 never takes a break! Check out the links below to find the most up-to-date recommendations and policies for schools.

For students, parents, and schools VDOE information regarding COVID-19 in schools School COVID-19 Testing VDH Algorithm for Evaluating a Child with COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposure

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There are new vaccine requirements for children returning to school/daycare.

A series of vaccines are required and this year, the requirements have changed. Beginning in less than a month, all students in Virginia will need vaccines to protect against Meningitis, HPV and Hepatitis A. That’s on top of previously required immunizations. Without them, your child may not be able to start school on time or go to daycare.

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Child wellness visits are more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic

Keeping your child’s vaccine schedule will protect them from other dangerous diseases. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into 2021, hesitancy in tending to routine health care isn’t just affecting adults – it’s having an impact on children too.
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Mental Health During COVID-19: Signs Your Child May Need More Support

The stress, fear, grief, isolation and uncertainty created by COVID-19 pandemic can wear anyone down, but many children and teens have had an especially tough time coping emotionally.
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Why is it so important for my kids to get caught up on their childhood immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Although you are probably juggling a lot of responsibilities right now, making sure your children are up-to-date on their shots is one of the best things you can do to protect them against some pretty serious but preventable diseases.
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Oral Health Care and Your Family

When you think of your child’s overall health, does their mouth come to mind? Oral health plays a critical role in the overall health of kids and adults, you can’t be truly healthy without a healthy mouth! At Virginia Health Catalyst we connect with parents, educators, and dental providers to empower families across the commonwealth to make their smiles a priority.
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Call to action to get your immunization shots up to date before school.